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Research confirms efficacy of the newly reclassified TMN staging system
Date:1/8/2010

ion, which is based mainly on the tumor size, is therefore considered to be appropriate for the pathologic findings of the primary tumor," lead study author, Dr. Yano, summarizes the significance of the research findings. Furthermore, significant differences were observed among newly revised T subsets in at least one incidence of pathologic invasiveness, i.e. lymphatic, vascular, or pleural invasion.

Past chair and author of the IASLC's staging guide, Dr. Peter Goldstraw, confirms that "Any new addition to TMN is very important to the clinicians and researchers involved in that particular organ site. It happens that in the 6th edition there were no changes to TMN in lung cancer so this is very important; it's the first revision of TMN classification in lung cancer for 12 years. Indeed, it represents the most drastic change there has been in the past 30 years."

Dr. Goldstraw recently hosted an international roundtable explaining the changes applying to both clinical and patient perspectives of the staging revisions. Acknowledging the ongoing commitment, Dr Goldstraw explains that the "IASLC now has a responsibility to continue this central role in the formation of future classification of TMN and we have plans to build on the success of our process to improve among further revisions."


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International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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